Center Alexander Svitov, playing for a team in his native Russia, was suspended by the Blue Jackets on Thursday for failing to report to training camp. Svitov signed a two-year with the Blue Jackets in early July, but has since remained in Russia to play for Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League. "It's procedurally necessary to get him off the (salary) cap and to preserve our rights as we move forward," general manager Scott Howson said Thursday.
TSN.ca is reporting Alexander Svitov, who managed seven goals and 18 points in 76 games with Columbus last season, has signed a deal to play with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League. "We were informed by Alexander's agent today that he has signed a contract to play with Avangard Omsk this season," Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. "We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander's contract status and will make a decision after reviewing our options. While this news comes as a disappointment, it creates an opportunity for other players when we open training camp next month."
Blue Jackets C Alexander Svitov (concussion) returned to the team's lineup Friday against the Stars. He played for 14:09 and finished with an even rating.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Alexander Svitov (concussion) has been ruled OUT for Wednesday's game against the Kings, but he is expected to return to practice on Thursday.
Alexander Svitov told the Columbus Dispatch that the "upper body injury" he has been dealing with is actually a mild concussion.
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